Whiskey Chats

Whiskey Chats

Join me, Laurie O'Dwyer, on my whiskey apprenticeship, as I have a bit of craic chatting to guests about all things Irish whiskey and spirits.

Episodes

June 21, 2022 130 min

Join me for my Chat with John Quinn, Global Brand Ambassador for Tullamore DEW and current Chairman of the Irish Whiskey Association.

John has been a Titan of Irish Whiskey for many decades promoting the sector on the international stage, which he has done with huge passion. 

He has represented Tullamore DEW since it was an Irish Distillers brand and has spent most of his career building Tully to what it is today.

Drops of the nigh...

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Join me for my fabulous day out with Dave O'Connell on his new venture, Whiskey on the Tracks, where he brings his love of steam trains and whiskey together for an unforgettable afternoon of whiskey tasting whilst breezing through the Irish countryside on steam train.

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Join me for My Chat with Rob Caldwell from Teeling Whiskey. Rob is an adopted Irishman who hails from Oz. He's an authority on all things whiskey and I was really looking forward to this chat.

Drops of the night:

Teeling Renaissance 1

Teeling Renaissance 2

Killahora Pom'o Roe&Co finish

Teeling Spirit of Dublin Potcheen

Glendronach 21yr 90's

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Join me for My 2nd Chat with Nick Ryan from Thomond Gate Whiskey and the Irish Whiskey & Spirit Institute. Nick is someone who always is up to something fun in the Irish Whiskey world and I love going down rabbit holes about whiskey with Nick.

https://spiritstraining.com/

https://thomondgatewhiskey.com/

Drops of the night:

Thomond Gate Ruby Port Finish

McConnells 5yr Sherry Finish

Drumshambo Single Pot Still

Chateau de Breuil C...

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Join me for My Garden Chat tasting Lough Ree Whiskey. Michael Clancy, one of the owners of Lough Ree Distillery, and I had a chat about sending me down a blind tasting pack to try. I invited 3 of my good buddies to my back garden, where we had a great craic blind tasting the samples. Dan Pennington, JP O’Riordan and Paul Costello and I were very impressed. We started off with a glass of Killahora Cider, finished in a whiskey cask. ...

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Join me for My Cider Chat in Killahora Cidery and Orchards. I went down to Glounthane in Cork, (literally 5mins down the road from me) to visit Dave & Kate Watson and Barry Walsh and discovered all about the amazing products they're producing from Killahora orchards and cidery. Check out their products down below.

https://www.killahoraorchards.ie/cellar/

Whiskey Chats Pateon: https://www.patreon.com/whiskeychatspodcast

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March 31, 2022 81 min
Join me for part 2 of my 2nd Birthday Bash Chat.

The 17th March is the anniversary of the podcast. I had 12 invited guests & 80 enthusiasts onto a Zoom party for bit of a chat & craic. We shared rums, potcheens, whiskey, beer, cocktails and new makes, whilst our guests gave us a deeper insight into them.

Paul Costello also treated us to an oul' tune.

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March 24, 2022 101 min

Join me for part 1 of My 2nd Birthday Bash Chat.

The 17th March is the anniversary of the podcast. I had 12 invited guests & 80 enthusiasts onto a Zoom party for bit of a chat & craic. We shared rums, potcheens, whiskey, beer, cocktails and new makes, whilst our guests gave us a deeper insight into them.

Paul Costello also treated us to an oul' tune.

Have a listen in on our chat, Slainte!

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March 17, 2022 118 min

Join me for My Walking Tour Chat with Michael Carr, who works with Pearse Lyons Distillery in The Liberties in Dublin. In a previous life, Michel worked with the Powers Whiskey brand and as part of that role, he used to bring enthusiasts on a whiskey walking tour of old Dublin. He kindly agreed to come out of retirement for the day and bring me along the old route. 

But before we set off walking, we stayed in Pearse Lyons Distiller...

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Join me for My Chat with Katie Sheehy from Irish Whiskey Auctions. Katie joined me for a few small drops and a giggle. She has become an integral figure on the Irish whiskey scene and I always enjoy having a natter with Katie.

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Join me for My Distillery Chat with Dave McCabe, Blender in Midleton Distillery. I strolled around Midleton Distillery with Dave one afternoon and really got the VIP tour. I visited the prestigous warehouse A2 and got to cask sample some of Midleton's finest casks. Then we strolled through the plant to visit the blending team's new Lab. Here, I got to see where the magic will happen for Irish Distiller's future releases...
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Join me for My Chat with Eva O'Doherty, Head Distiller in the Micro-Distillery in Midleton Distillery. I strolled around the micro distillery with Eva for a morning and really got the VIP tour, asking all about the Method & Madness innovations that go on in the micro distillery. 

Thanks to Irish Distillers, especially Melissa Kelly for organising, and Eva for the access.

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Jpoin me for My Cuvée Chat with Ned Gahan, Head Distiller in Waterford Distillery. I met up with him in Charlie Foley's Bar in Killarney town, in the snug, and we cracked open the Cuvée Sample pack released by Waterford at xmas. I wanted to speak to Ned about the Cuvées he has curated over the last 2 years and got a great insight into Waterford's current direction.

Drops of the night:

Waterford - The Pilgrimage

Waterford - ...

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Join me for My Chat with Peter Mulryan in Blackwater Distillery in Ballyduff Upper on the Cork/Waterford border. An absolutely beautiful part of the country, up against the Blackwater river. I called down to check out the distillery and found out more Peter's Blackwater project. I wasn't dissapointed.

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Join me for My Chat with Luke Crowley-Holland, Bar Manager of Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder in Killarney, Co Kerry. I've wanted to deep dive into French & European spirits and Luke didn't let me down. I highly recommend trying a selection of French spirits to expand your flavour palate. Drops of the night all available at Celtic Whiskey Shop: Delord Bas Armagnac 25yr old Bodegas Tradicion Brandy de Jerez Cognac Park P...
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Join me for part 2 of My Garden Chat with Dan Pennington and Paul Costello. They came up to my back garden studio to share some fine whiskey, cigars, poitín, rum and great chat. I really enjoyed the evening, I hope you enjoy listening in on the chat.

Special thanks to John O'Donovan from Irish Malts for supplying the Dingle stout and the Bridger Kelliher from Westrn Herd Brewery for sending down some pre-release bottles of the ...

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Join me for My GardenChat with Dan Pennington and Paul Costello. They came up to my place to share some fine whiskey, cigars, poitín, rum and great chat. I enjoyed the evening, I hope you enjoy listening in on the chat.

Drops of the night:

Mulroy Bay Port'N'Peat rested poitín

1960's Powers Pot Still

Mulroy Bay rum

Western Herd Stout aged in WD O'Connell whiskey barrels

Dingle Around The Clock Stout Batch 3

Dolmen po...

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Join me for My Chat with John O'Donovan in IrishMalts HQ in Little Island in Cork. I called down and hung out with John and his brother Robert. I wanted to get a feel for how the retail/bond side of the business works. We ended chatting for ages and I really enjoyed my visit. I hope you do too.  

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Join me for My Chat with Maurice O'Connell who founded The Liberator whiskey from his gorgeous home in Lakeiew estate on the outskirts of Killarney. He welcomed myself and my 3 buddies for a tour of his manor house and dunnage warehouse, where he has plenty of tasty barrels slumbering away for us in the future. 

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November 3, 2021 86 min
Join me for part 2 of My Chat with Barry Chandler. He joined me in my back garden on a lovely Autumn evening and we shared some cracking drops of whiskey and put the world to rights!

Great craic. 

Drops of the evening:

  • Mulroy Bay Peated Potcheen
  • Friends of Bruichladdich Octomore Single Cask
  • Waterford Blood Brothers Micro Cuvee
  • IWS Marrowbone Lane
  • Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve 2015
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